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  • Summary: Helm's Deep is a digital expansion to The Lord of the Rings Online.

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  1. Jan 6, 2014
    70
    Helm's Deep is an expansion pack purely meant for the fans of the books. It contains less action sequences compared to Peter Jackson's movies, but the newly added Big Battles make up for it. On the other hand is Rohan finally showed in all it's glory, which is a sight to behold.
  2. Dec 13, 2013
    64
    The problem with the big battles of Helm’s Deep is that it’s a story we all know, and it’s possible the concept could have been stronger if Turbine had included other battles from Middle Earth’s history for variety. All too quickly, the repetition grows tiring and the appeal wears thin, and that’s true of the questing content as well.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 36
  2. Negative: 29 out of 36
  1. Oct 15, 2014
    10
    All of these “End of LOTRO”, negative threads and the Helm’s Deep expansion getting smashed on Metacritic held me back from buying thisAll of these “End of LOTRO”, negative threads and the Helm’s Deep expansion getting smashed on Metacritic held me back from buying this expansion for almost a year. I ended up purchasing HD using TP that I received from my cash purchase of ROR when expansions were 50% off in the store. The truth is…. I would have rather kept my TP and paid real money for the expansion because I’m having just as much fun as I did in all past content.

    People seem to be upset the game is becoming a “Solo Players” game. They talk about boring fetch quests and a lack of innovation. They claim the F2P model was the beginning of the end. Some people don’t like the Big Battles; others are upset about the lack of Raids, and the traits revamp appears to have irked many; Along with housing not being revamped.

    Personally I have no problem with the new trait tree, housing seems sufficient to me, and gathering quests are the norm. What MMORPG doesn’t have gathering quests? I will admit that a single Big Battle doesn’t hold long term interest, but it was fun the first time through and this may improve in update 15.

    I used to Raid heavily in other MMORPG’s and got really burned out, along with a growing family and real world responsibilities I decided to give LOTRO a shot. I appreciated the ability to craft gear rather than having to Raid and grind for it. I appreciated a well written story. I appreciated great scenery. I simply had no need for an “End Game” and Raiding and that works for me. I appreciate a game where I can solo content and group when I can and still have the interaction of a Kinship and world chat.

    Additionally I really like the F2P model; I’ve spent relatively little money (outside of expansions) and like the fact that I don’t have to pay a monthly subscription to check in on my friends and Kinship. I may not play for a couple weeks at a time while I’m working on a large project in real life, but I usually have at least 10 minutes a day to login and talk to my Kinship. Along these lines, if LOTRO hadn’t gone free to play and become more solo friendly, I may not have purchased ANY expansions after Mirkwood. I only have so many monthly subscription dollars I can spend and I don’t exclusively play one MMORPG.

    For better or worse, I think my style of play has become that of many early adopters of MMO’s. As we’ve aged, gained more real world responsibilities and other online content has become readily available, we require the flexibility of solo content and a F2P model and for many of us we simply have no need for an “End Game” and Raiding. I think Turbine has picked up on this trend and I believe it’s the main reason they are still profitable and producing content.

    In summary, people like me are being out posted and out trolled on the forums, and discouraged from buying expansions…. however that does not mean LOTRO is not worth purchasing and playing. Simply put, I think LOTRO has become a solo friendly, F2P game, with great scenery and story that lacks PVP and Raids; and that suits me just fine.
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  2. Dec 30, 2013
    7
    A good expansion to the game, though not my personal favourite. The new class system revitalises most of the classes and levelling throughA good expansion to the game, though not my personal favourite. The new class system revitalises most of the classes and levelling through West Rohan is enjoyable. A better launch than two of the other expansions. Expand
  3. Nov 30, 2013
    3
    I don't feel this expansion was ready for release. The landscape is beautiful, as we've come to expect. And to Turbine's credit, it includedI don't feel this expansion was ready for release. The landscape is beautiful, as we've come to expect. And to Turbine's credit, it included some group content right on launch day this time. However, an obvious decrease in developer resources means a lot of important details remain unfinished or completely left out. Worst of all, two months of closed beta testing was insufficient for the complete overhaul of every class in the game. I don't feel $40 to $60 is a good value for about 20 hours of linear solo questing. Then again, generous players who just love being in Middle-earth might consider this a charitable donation to a franchise that is apparently struggling. Expand
  4. Jan 14, 2014
    1
    This is a glorified quest pack with very little repeatable end game content. Turbine have also stated no instances are planned to be released.This is a glorified quest pack with very little repeatable end game content. Turbine have also stated no instances are planned to be released.
    Coupled with the dreadful implementation of an uncalled for class revamp, HD is what finally drove me away from this title; which is sad. LOTRO was a very good MMO once, unfortunately now it appears to have gone terminal. End thoughts: there are better value products out there these days, giving more bang for your buck.
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  5. Nov 30, 2013
    1
    After seeing my friends leave and taking and 18 month break I came back to give Lotro another try. Luckily I had a stack of TP to spend on theAfter seeing my friends leave and taking and 18 month break I came back to give Lotro another try. Luckily I had a stack of TP to spend on the expansion. I should have listened to them, Lotro is a lost cause now, the budget has obviously been cut to a minimum and very little of what made the original game so great now remains. If you enjoy standing around clicking things, this is the expansion for you, if not, spend your money elsewhere. Expand
  6. Jan 24, 2015
    0
    P2W! The store in many ways has become much like the ring of power. Whoever looks at it, becomes its slave. Or rather, if a whale is willingP2W! The store in many ways has become much like the ring of power. Whoever looks at it, becomes its slave. Or rather, if a whale is willing to put in the $, you become his slave. This game will nickel and dime you to the end. Expand
  7. Dec 3, 2013
    0
    Scratching my head at this expansion.....it went so wrong. Initial delay was a potent of evil things to come. If you like frustration,Scratching my head at this expansion.....it went so wrong. Initial delay was a potent of evil things to come. If you like frustration, boredom, and a constant feeling of buyer's remorse, then this game just stooped to your level. Three words for this expansion: Epic Battle Boredom. Expand

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